Purse or Curse: Lithuania Turns To Witch To Pursue Deadbeats

180px-john_william_waterhouse_-_magic_circle Skolu Isieskojimo Biuras, a Lithuanian debt collecting firm, has announced that it has retained the services of Vilija Lobaciuviene, the country’s most famous witch, to pursue people who do not pay their debts. The firm in Vilnuis expects a touch of witchcraft will help the bottom line.

Amantas Celkonas, director of the Skolu Isieskojimo Biuras explains that “There are certain people, who are using this crisis situation and refuse to pay back banks or other companies . . . Our new employee will help them to understand the situation, reconsider what is right and wrong and act accordingly. We will also help those who are in real trouble, suffering from psychological impact of bankruptcy and depression.” Sounds like sending a witch is perfect for such positive intervention.

Columnist Monika Bonckute is not so supportive: “This is return to the Dark Ages. If they really believe that this woman may help someone get money back, then there’s something very wrong with this country.”

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7 thoughts on “Purse or Curse: Lithuania Turns To Witch To Pursue Deadbeats”

  1. V. Lobačiuvienė is self-proclaimed head witch of Lithuania; she appears in popular media from time to time, but is generally not taken very seriously, since current Lithuanian society’s interest in witchcraft is virtually nonexistent. Debt collectors’ statement is thus just a small publicity stunt.

  2. This is a bad blog post. What makes her a witch? What does she do for the debt agency? This is empty mockery of other cultures. If you are going to mock something, at least explain it out instead of just throwing the word “witch” out there and expecting us to be bowled over by the stupidity of those Lithuanians.

  3. This could work. If people believe in it, the threat of witchcraft is a potent one. They are employing it on the wrong people though. The need to hit up the executives. I’m with Buddha, if this works even on non-believers, Ms. Lobaciuviene may expect requests for her services in the U.S.!

  4. Buddha:

    Look Sarah Palin employed the services of a witch doctor, Thomas Muthee, to chant her into the Governor’s office. I think I see a new trend.

  5. Look. If this tactic worked, I’d have sprung for an exorcist to get rid of Bush, Cheney and their Neocon Nazi followers long ago. Let me know how that works out for you guys in Lithuania. Provided you can afford a postage stamp after running that business model for six months. Unless your Oracle tells you great profits lay ahead, then party on! Wooooo . . . . spooky, um, no, er, scary? . . . no that’s not it . . . RIDICULOUS, that’s it, that’s the word I was looking for.

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